<![CDATA[NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth - Top Stories]]>Copyright 2017https://www.nbcdfw.com/news/top-stories http://media.nbcnewyork.com/designimages/NBC+5-KXAS+Logo+for+Google+News.png NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth https://www.nbcdfw.comen-usMon, 18 Dec 2017 05:14:24 -0600Mon, 18 Dec 2017 05:14:24 -0600NBC Owned Television Stations <![CDATA[Instant Analysis: Cowboys Win Over Raiders]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:19:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-894490336.jpg

Here’s an instant analysis of the Cowboys’ 20-17 win over the Raiders at Oakland Coliseum.

WHAT IT MEANS: The Cowboys are 8-6 and they still have a chance to make the playoffs, and they received some help by Green Bay and Seattle losing. They still need Detroit to lose once and Atlanta and Carolina to lose twice, while they win out to make the playoffs. None of that matters unless the Cowboys win their last two games. They’ve won three in a row, and Ezekiel Elliott returns next week against Seattle, which should give the Cowboys an emotional boost as well as a talent infusion.

TURNING POINT: On fourth-and-1 from the Dallas 39 with 4:40 left, coach Jason Garrett opted to go for it. It was an unusual call for Garrett because of the risk involved. If Dallas doesn’t get it, then the Cowboys probably lose. Dak Prescott converted the first down on a quarterback sneak. The play was so close that the referee used an index card to ensure Prescott had made the first down.

PLAYER OF THE GAME: Jeff Heath made two sensational plays to clinch the win. On second-and-three from the Dallas 8, Heath made a diving pass deflection in the end zone. On the next play, Heath hit Derek Carr as he dove for the pylon and the Raiders’ quarterback fumbled out of the end zone for a touchback, clinching the win for Dallas.

KEY STAT: The Cowboys had never won a game when Dak Prescott threw two interceptions in a game until Sunday against the Raiders. They had been 0-4.

WHAT'S NEXT:  The Cowboys will get the bickering Seattle Seahawks on Sunday at AT&T Stadium, and this is probably as good a time as any. The Los Angeles Rams blew out Seattle 42-7 on Sunday, running back Todd Gurley gained 152 yards and scored four touchdowns and afterward safety Earl Thomas and linebacker Bobby Wagner exchanged insults on social media.

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<![CDATA[Good Samaritan Reunites DeSoto Woman With Missing Ring]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 18:49:40 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/DESOTO+MISSING+RING.jpg

For 24 years, Tina Toves' shimmering wedding ring has proudly been fixed to her finger.

"It's everything," said Toves, who lives in DeSoto. "It's been the symbol of the relationship that I've had with my husband. It's been through a lot. And it just reminds me everyday of where we started and where we are now."

So when it went missing this past week, she was beyond devastated.

"Honestly, in this day and age, I really didn't expect it to come back," said Toves.

That day, she'd gone to her local Kroger store to pick up some Christmas pajama sets she'd seen there.

She remembers paying for them -- even telling an inquiring man who wanted to buy some for his niece and nephew where in the store he could find them. Then, she went on her way.

"I never felt it fall off my hand," said Toves.            

It wasn't until she got home that she realized her ring was no longer on her finger. She emptied her purse, looked through her bags, and searched every inch of her car -- but it was nowhere to be found.

Frantic, she went back to the Kroger store and started looking under cars that were in the area where she had parked earlier.

"The chances of somebody finding your ring and then finding you are next to none," said Toves.

She eventually went inside the store and asked the manager if anyone had found a ring. It turns out someone had.

The man who'd asked her where he could find the pajamas, a local funeral director named John David Kilgore, spotted it on top of one of the pajama sets.

He and a cashier intially tried looking at receipts to see if they could find Toves' name or her contact information. When that turned up nothing, he left his name and number with the store and asked them to give it to Toves if she came back looking for the ring.

"He had my ring," said Toves. "And I couldn't have been happier about anything."

NBC 5 spoke to Kilgore over the phone. He politely declined to go on camera, insisting he didn't deserve any extra attention or praise for what he did.

He simply said when he found the ring he "could tell by looking at it that it meant an awful lot to somebody" -- and he wanted to do whatever he could to return it.

Toves called him and they met at the West-Hurtt Funeral Home, where Kilgore works.

"As soon as I saw him, I just hugged him," said Toves. "I had tears rolling down my eyes."

She hasn't taken her eyes off the ring since.

"It was a miracle," said Toves. "And he was just a blessing to me and my family."

<![CDATA[Power Outage at Atlanta Airport Causing Delays in DFW]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:45:51 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/187*120/tlmd-atlanta-airport-GettyImages-80682511.jpg

A power outage at the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Sunday caused major delays for travelers across the country, including here in North Texas. 

The Atlanta airport posted to their Twitter account stating they lost power shortly after 1 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration was forced to order a ground stop for flights headed to ATL, and many other flights inbound to Atlanta were diverted.

An investigationg by Georgia Power found a fire was the likely cause of the outage. The fire reportedly damaged an underground electrical facility, according to a press release. 

The airport expects to have power fully restored by midnight. 

During the outage, Southwest Airlines Sunday announced they cancelled all remaining flights in and out of Atlanta.

"There is nothing we value more than the safety and security of our customers, and we are closely monitoring the situation at ATL," Southwest said in a statement on their website.

At the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport passengers also experienced delays.

If you are headed to Atlanta, you can check directly with your airline to find out if your flight is impacted.

This is a developing story, check back here for updates. 

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<![CDATA[California Fire Grows to 270K Acres, Threatening 18K Structures]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 02:01:16 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/thomas+fire+sunday+dec+17.JPG

The third-largest wildfire in California history continues to spread in Santa Barbara County, fanned by overnight winds.

The deadly Thomas Fire, which on Sunday was nearing the two-week mark since it first broke out Monday, Dec. 4, continues to threaten homes after already consuming 270,000 acres and costing an estimated $116,948,500.

The blaze, which Cal Fire said by Sunday around 11:30 p.m. was 45 percent contained, continues to threaten 18,000 structures as 8,529 firefighters continue to battle the flames. It has already destroyed 1,020 and damaged another 242, according to the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection.

Two people have been killed as a result of the blaze.

Virginia Pesola, 70, was found dead at a crash site along an evacuation route, killed by blunt force injuries, smoke inhalation and burns.

Cory Iverson, 32, was part of a strike team of San Diego Cal Fire engines who were helping in the firefight. Iverson died Thursday during an accident in an active area of the fire, suffering thermal injuries and smoke inhalation.

In addition to the fatalities, the fire has also forced 104,607 people to flee their homes, according to Cal Fire.

Over the weekend, three homes were destroyed in Montecito. Despite those lost over the weekend, firefighters were able to save hundreds of other homes. 

The Behrman family returned from Colorado Sunday to find their burned out home.

"The winds just changed in the wrong way yesterday and boom, the house was just gone," Behrman said. 

"It’s sadness, but at the same time it's only the house. The family is okay. We’ve got a lot of memories out," he added. 

Current mandatory evacuations are in place for the following areas:

  • All areas east of Highway 154, south of East Camino Cielo, west of Toro Canyon and north of Highway 101 at Toro Canyon to South Salinas then north of Alameda Padre Serra and to Highway 192 west to 154.
  • The previous evacuation order for the area east of Toro Canyon to Casitas Pass Road north of Highway 192 and south of East Camino Cielo remains in effect.
Click here for a complete list of evacuations and road closures. 

An evacuation center has been established at the UC Santa Barbara Recreation Center at 516 Ocean Road.

Animal evacuation centers are available for people in evacuation zones. Those wishing to coordinate sheltering for both small and large animals should call the Santa Barbara County Animal Services hotline at (805) 681-4332.

NBC4's Rick Montanez contributed to this report. 

<![CDATA[Rangers Pitcher Cole Hamels Gives Away Mansion]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:49:46 -0600 Realtor.com)]]> Realtor.com)]]> https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Hamels-with-Mansion.jpg

Rangers pitcher Cole Hamels and his wife, Heidi, are donating their $9.75 million dollar mansion in Branson, Missouri to charity.

The home on Table Rock Lake will be given to Camp Barnabas, a nonprofit organization in southwest Missouri.

The organization helps individuals with special needs and chronic illnesses.

"Seeing the faces, hearing the laughter, reading the stories of the kids they serve; there is truly nothing like it," said Hamels. "Barnabas makes dreams come true, and we felt called to help them in a big way." 

The 32,000 square foot mansion will be the largest gift in the history of Barnabas, according to a press release by the Hamels Foundation

The Hamels began building the mansion in 2012. It went up for sale in August of this year. The home sits on 104.7 acres of land with more than 1,700 feet of shoreline along Table Rock Lake.

"Our mission is to change lives through disability ministry, and we've been strategically looking for ways to expand our ministry outside of a summer camp," said Jason Brawner, CEO of Camp Barnabas. "We have no doubt this gift will allow us to do just that." 

You can see more photos of the mansion on its posting on Realtor.com here.

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<![CDATA[Palin Son Arrested on Domestic Violence Charges in Alaska]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:16:36 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/palinGettyImages-82652693.jpg

Former Alaska governor Sarah Palin's eldest son, Track, was arraigned Sunday on domestic violence charges, according to online court records.

Track Palin, was arraigned Sunday morning on charges of felony burglary, assault in the fourth degree and criminal mischief for causing property damage in Wasilla, Alaska, according to court records. The criminal mischief charge was for causing between $250 and $999 in property damage.

The alleged incident occurred on Saturday, according to the court records, which indicated that all charges were related to domestic violence, reported NBC News.

Further details on the nature of the alleged incident were not immediately available.

An attorney for Todd and Sarah Palin said on behalf of the two that the Palins were unable to comment on the incident.

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<![CDATA[Answering the Call for Breakfast With Dads Event]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:03:48 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Breakfast_with_Dads.jpg

When Dade Middle School put out a call for volunteers to help with the Breakfast with Dads event, there was a fear there wouldn't be enough dads for the students. But as NBC 5's Kristin Dickerson reports, North Texans answered the call for help.

<![CDATA[Man Shot After Pulling Gun on Officers: Fort Worth Police]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 12:21:50 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/FWPD+Incident.PNG

Fort Worth police say officers were involved in a shooting that shut down the service road along Interstate 30 Sunday morning.

Police say Fort Worth officers were called to help a Tarrant County Sheriff's Office deputy with a traffic stop along the service road in the 9100 block of West Freeway when the deputy recognized the people in the traffic stop from a previous call.

When the Fort Worth police officers arrived on the scene near Calmont Avenue, they began taking the passengers out of the vehicle when one of the men refused to cooperate according to police.

Police say according to the preliminary report it's believed the man had his hands in his pockets and refused to taken them out, but when he did he pulled out a .45 caliber pistol and began firing at the officers.

The officers and deputy fired back hitting the man in the wrist and thigh, according to police.

The man was taken into custody and taken to the hospital in stable condition.

No officers were injured during the incident according to police. The roadway was closed during the investigation.

Police are not releasing the man's identity.

<![CDATA[Rape Survivor Calls for Justice Reforms in Military]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 23:55:02 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/Military+Rape+Survivor.jpg

While the #MeToo movement sparked a national conversation about sexual assault and harassment in the media and entertainment, a local survivor is pushing for more focus on assaults in the military.

Southlake, Texas native Annie Kendzior says she was raped by two peers at the U.S. Naval Academy while she was a student in 2008. Three years later, Kendzior reported the assaults but says the attackers were never punished. Kendzior, who was suffering with PTSD since the assaults, says she was removed from the Academy after an academic review board found her medically unfit to serve.

“The Academy found it easier to label me as having a personality disorder than to treat me for the trauma of being raped,” Kendzior told the House Armed Service Subcommittee on Military Personnel during a May, 2017 hearing.

“It seems the motto of the U.S. Marine Corps of 'leave no man behind' does not apply to the men and women who are raped,” Kendzior told lawmakers. “Instead they are frequently and intentionally left behind to deal with the pain, anguish and long-term emotional stress while the rapist’s career continues without any consequence.”

Kendzior testified on sexual assault at military service academies alongside three other survivors who told congress they were also assaulted at the U.S. Military Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy. All said they faced retaliation.

Kendzior says she would like to see rapes at military academies investigated and prosecuted by civilian police departments and prosecutors. She also says she supports efforts to reform the justice system in the military as spelled out in the proposed Military Justice Improvement Act, which would require an independent military prosecutor to determine if a case moves forward – instead of someone in the chain of command.

“The victims are just not getting the help they’re needing and usually they’re just pushed out or kicked out, like what they did to me,” said Kendzior.

The 27-year-old left the U.S. Naval Academy and earned her undergraduate degree from Trinity University. Saturday, she graduated with her MBA from the University of Texas at Arlington. It marked a moment of triumph for Kendzior over the lows of her college career.

“It was awesome. I’m so proud of myself for getting through it and being at a point that I just didn’t think I’d be at given all the circumstances,” said Kendzior.

“I wanted to fly F-35s. I really wanted to be a fighter pilot that was a goal of mine going in and that’s what I was working towards when I was there. Unfortunately, that dream got cut short. But, I’m doing a lot more things with my life,” added Kendzior.

She has never named her rapists publicly. Kendzior provided a statement she gave to the academic review board in 2011 to NBC 5. She says she is still fighting to see what Navy investigators uncovered after she reported her attackers.

Kendzior currently works with the nonprofit Protect Our Defenders.

Sunday, NBC 5 reached out to the U.S. Naval Academy’s Public Affairs office for comment. We will update the story with the response as soon as we receive it.

You can read a recent Department of Defense survey on sexual assault here

Photo Credit: Annie Kendzior]]>
<![CDATA[Woman Killed In Head-On Crash In Joshua: Police]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 20:42:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/police+lights23.jpg

Police in Joshua are investigating after a deadly two car wreck Saturday evening.

It happened in the 700 block of Convey Drive, near Farm-to-Market 917, at about 6:30 p.m.

Police said the two vehicles crashed into each other head-on.

A 20-year-old woman was rushed to a Cleburne hospital for serious injuries, but did not survive.

She was later identified by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner as Alexis Sanborn, from Joshua.

The driver and passengers in the second vehicle had only minor injuries. 

Police said the cause of the crash remains under investigation. 

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<![CDATA[5 Things to Know: Cowboys at Raiders on SNF]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:12:07 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/171*120/cowboys+giants+rod+smith.jpg

Jason Garrett v. Oakland Raiders: is 1-0 in the only game he’s coached between these two iconic franchises with a 31-24 win over Oakland in 2013. The Cowboys trailed 21-7 in the second quarter but rallied with a big second half behind running backs Demarco Murray and Lance Dunbar.

Key matchup: TE Jared Cook vs. FS Byron Jones: Cook ruined the Cowboys’ 2016 season with a sensational sliding catch along the sideline to set up Green Bay’s game-winning field goal as time expired in a NFC Divisional playoff game. Well, Cook signed with Oakland as a free agent in the offseason and he’s caught 48 passes for 621 yards and two touchdowns. Jones has been solid this season, but the Cowboys drafted him to be a playmaker - and he hasn’t done it. He has one interception this year, but has lost some playing time to Kavon Frazier, who’s a more physical player. The Cowboys need Jones to have a big game because if they don’t beat the Raiders the playoffs become a pipe dream.

X Factor: Running back Rod Smith has emerged as an important player during Ezekiel Elliott’s absence. He handles goal line, short yardage and third downs for the Cowboys and he’s emerged as a playmaker. Smith caught five passes for 113 yards against the Giants, including an 81-yard catch-and-run for a touchdown. He also ran six times for 47 yards. The Cowboys’ offense has been devoid of playmakers without Smith but he has shown an ability to make plays. That has earned him additional playing time and has made him an important part of the offense, especially on check-down passes.

Key stat: Oakland has forced just 10 turnovers, which is last in the NFL. The Raiders, who somehow went the first 10 games without an, have intercepted just two passes this season. That’s the league’s lowest total, but they have two in the last three games.. Dak Prescott is good at protecting the ball. If the Cowboys don’t turn it over and help the Raiders, then Oakland will have a difficult time winning.

Gameplan: It’s vital for the Cowboys to protect the ball, something that’s usually not a problem for Prescott because the Raiders will have difficulty winning without help. The Cowboys, as they do every week, will try to dictate the game by running the ball and putting Prescott into manageable situations on first and second down. It’ll be interesting to see if Smith is more involved on third down since he made some big plays last week. Oakland will attack the Cowboys’ secondary deep, hoping to make some big plays or get some pass interference penalties for long gains.

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<![CDATA[Newy's Prediction: Cowboys at Raiders on SNF]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 16:23:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/newy+bay+area+pic.jpg

NBC 5 sports director Newy Scruggs gives his take on Sunday night's game between the Cowboys and Raiders on NBC Sunday Night Football. 

<![CDATA[Man Charged With Manslaughter in Crash That Killed Teen]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 22:36:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/cowan+b.jpg

Blake Cowan is charged with manslaughter, a felony, in an Arlington crash that claimed the life of 18-year-old Alexis Butler.

Police say the 31-year-old initially told officers that the November 10 crash occurred because he had taken his eyes off the road for about four or five seconds because he was blowing into his court-ordered ignition interlock device while driving.

However, according to a new interview with police in which Cowan’s attorney was present, Cowan told police he had been alerted by his interlock device that a sample was required.

He stated that he then provided a breath sample while traveling eastbound on Gentle Springs Road and completed providing the sample while stopped at a stop sign, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Once he had finished providing the sample, he placed the interlock device in his ashtray for ease of access in the future.

As he drove along Redstone Drive, Cowan alleges the interlock device fell into the floor board of his vehicle. He bent down to retrieve the interlock device and was unable to see the roadway.

When Cowan returned his attention to the roadway, he says he saw Butler’s car sitting stationary across both lanes of traffic and he crashed into her passenger side.

Butler had reportedly been backing out of a driveway when the crash occurred.

The 18-year-old died of her injuries one week after the crash.

Cowan is accused of driving approximately 60 miles an hour along the 3700 block of Redstone Drive where the posted speed limit is 30.

That section of roadway is a narrow, two-lane residential road without shoulders and is poorly lit, according to the arrest warrant affidavit.

Police say Cowan was not impaired at the time of the crash.

He told police he was required to provide a breath sample every 15 minutes or so on his court-ordered ignition interlock device.

Cowan ought to have known his driving actions created an unjustifiable risk of causing a vehicle crash that could result in another’s death, according to the affidavit.

Cowan has been released from jail after posting bond.

Photo Credit: Arlington Police Dept./NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[Pentagon Program Spent Millions Investigating UFOs: Reports]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 17:30:20 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/pentagon-ext.jpg

The Pentagon said that it had a secret program that lasted for five years that investigated unidentified flying objects, or UFOs, according to multiple reports published Saturday.

The program, which only a few officials knew about, ran from 2007 to 2012, according to reports in The New York Times and The Washington Post, and received $22 million in annual funding from the U.S. Department of Defense budget. It investigated sightings by military pilots of flying objects that "maneuvered so unusually and so fast that they seemed to defy the laws of physics,"  Politico reported.

The Times' included a Youtube video that suggests the footage was taken from a Navy fighter jet and shows an "unidentified aerial phenomenon."

The Pentagon acknowledged the existence of the program.

"The Advanced Aviation Threat Identification Program ended in the 2012 timeframe," Pentagon spokeswoman Laura Ochoa said in an email to Reuters. "It was determined that there were other, higher priority issues that merited funding and it was in the best interest of the DoD to make a change."

According to the reports, officials claim the program is still in existence in some form today and sightings are still being investigated. But the Pentagon did not confirm or deny that.

"The DoD takes seriously all threats and potential threats to our people, our assets, and our mission and takes action whenever credible information is developed," Ochoa told Reuters.

Democratic Sen. Harry Reid, who represented Nevada from 1987 to 2017, was a strong supporter of getting funding for the program, as he had a fascination for face phenomena, according to the Times. 

On Twitter Saturday, Reid linked to the Times' story, writing, "The truth is out there. Seriously."

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<![CDATA[NBC 5 Video Vault: Neiman Marcus Christmas Book]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 10:05:27 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NM+Camel.PNG

Every week we highlight video from KXAS' extensive video archive. We take a look back at gifts offered in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book beginning in 1967. The Portal to Texas History - NBC 5 News Collection

<![CDATA[Winter Plants to Brighten Your Holidays]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:27:23 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/dotty.PNG

Texas AgriLife Specialist Dotty Woodson takes a look at plants you can find at your local garden center that will brighten your home this Christmas.

<![CDATA[Lone Star Politics - Dec. 17, 2017]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 08:46:01 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/NEW+013114+lone+star+politics.jpg

U.S. Rep. Pete Sessions, R-Dallas, joins Lone Star Politics to discuss defending his seat in the 2018 election. We go on the road with U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-El Paso, who is looking to unseat Sen. Ted Cruz. And we discuss the aftermath of the upset in the Alabama special election.

<![CDATA[Cycling Track in Frisco Going Away To Make Room for Growth]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:04:37 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/211*120/The+Superdrome+in+Frisco.jpg

Frisco is home to many professional sports venues.

Soon, the city's first may be gone.

The Superdrome has been a destination for amateur and professional cyclists for the past 20 years.

It even hosted the U.S. Olympic cycling trials in 2000.

This week, the City of Frisco and Collin College announced it will end their management agreement this month meaning the gates of the historic venue could soon lock for good.

“I think to see it demolished would be a shame,” said cyclist Abbey Robinson.

The Superdrome sits on the Collin College campus in Frisco, a school that's grown by almost 400 percent since the track opened in 1998.

Removing it allows the college to re-purpose the land and expand.

“Space is at a premium, and availability of the land where the track currently exists will accommodate our expansion plans.” said Dr. Neil Matkin, Collin College district president.

Bridget Tooley, 15, and her brother Beckett, 13, train on the track.

He is a reigning national champion. She brought home silver and bronze.

“I was shocked and devastated,” Bridget said. “[In] two years, I can go to world. I can still compete, but it’s going to be harder to train.”

The City of Frisco says the decision was based, in part, on a decline in use and the cost of upkeep.

“We recognize our city and the college have evolved over the past two decades,” said Henry Hill, Deputy City Manager, in a press release. “Our community is shifting emphasis to recreational and road biking. While we’re proud and appreciate the contributions of the ‘Superdrome’ to our community, the viable life cycle of the facility has reached the end of its life in Frisco. We agree it’s not efficient for us to continue to invest and maintain the facility.”

Supporters are collecting signatures to sharing the hashtag #SavetheSuperdrome.

They’d like to see it relocated.

A final ride is scheduled for Sunday at 2 p.m.

Collin College says they have not made any decisions on what will happen to the track.

The City of Frisco says it's fielded questions about the possibility of relocating it.

There are less than 30 velodromes left in the U.S.

The second track in Texas is in Houston.

Photo Credit: NBC 5 News]]>
<![CDATA[DPD Chief, Officers Make Special Delivery to Victim's Family]]> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 04:05:31 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/200*120/DPD+HALL+SANTA+COP.jpg

In their line of work, Dallas police are called upon to wear many hats.

On Saturday morning, much to their excitement, they got to put on their Santa caps -- eager and ready to do some good.

"We're mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers," said Dallas Police Chief Renee Hall. "This is our opportunity to allow the community to see us in the raw and who we are as individuals."

These Santa cops spent the morning delivering bikes and toys to more than 400 families across the city.

And there was one family in particular that Hall wanted to surprise herself.

"This is a family that needed us, that needed our support," said Hall. "So I definitely wanted to wrap my arms around this particular family."

With a seemingly bottomless box of toys in hand, she and some of her officers went to their apartment and knocked on the door. Then they watched as six happy and wide-eyed kids went through it. 

"It's the most rewarding thing in the world," said Hall.

They're the children of Gabrielle Simmons, the 27-year-old mother who was murdered during a robbery last month while she was working at a Dollar General store in Oak Cliff.

Simmons fiance, Aris Joseph, who is also the father of their children, said the days since her death have been tough.

"My kids keep my spirit alive," said Joseph. "I'm trying to keep things together. So as long as their minds are occupied, I can handle all the business without having to worry about what they're thinking about."

He says this unexpected gesture by DPD will help.

"It was a big surprise to me and I know they were surprised, as well," said Joseph. "And I know [the kids] are still in there messing up my house with these toys. But I'm very thankful. I'm very thankful."

Hall admits it got emotional for her watching the kids react to the surprise. But seeing their faces is what told her they achieved their mission for the day.

<![CDATA[Merry Meltdowns 2017]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 21:56:17 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/merry+meltdown+thumb.jpeg ]]> <![CDATA[Dallas ISD: Gun Accidentally Goes Off in 3rd Grade Classroom]]> Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:54:29 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/160*120/Pease.jpg

Students at Dallas' Elisha M. Pease Elementary School went home Friday with letters informing parents that a gun accidentally fired in a third grade classroom the day before.

The letter reads, in part, "Yesterday, a student brought a loaded gun to school that discharged accidentally inside a backpack in a third-grade classroom at the end of the school day. Fortunately, no students or staff were injured."

The Dallas Independent School District says phone calls were placed Thursday evening to inform parents about the incident, but several parents said they didn't learn about it until Friday.

Maribel Fuentes said she found out about the gun after her daughter was delayed in being released from school. Fuentes said her third grader, Emily, was visibly shaken when she got in the car.

"I can't imagine what's going through her head, because now she's not going to feel safe at a place you go to learn," Fuentes said.

Despite a day of testing, Fuentes allowed Emily to stay home when even a favorite assistant principal couldn't coax her into the building Friday morning.

"He told me I shouldn't be scared, that when the bullet rang out he immediately checked our backpacks and everything, that he would protect me," Emily said.

Now, Fuentes is asking what security measures the school will put in place in the future to ensure this doesn't happen again.

In a statement Friday, the school district said:

"The safety of our students is our top priority. Dallas ISD takes seriously the responsibility to educate children in a safe and nurturing learning environment. Guns have no place in schools. While we are thankful no one was injured, this is a strong reminder for parents and our community to keep firearms, or any weapons, safely locked away and out of the reach of children. Dallas ISD remains committed to the well-being of every student, every day, and it takes everyone working together to achieve that goal."

Pease Elementary had extra counselors on hand Friday making the rounds to ensure students felt safe. Dallas ISD Police will lead the investigation. The district says they'll pass the case onto other agencies if criminal charges are filed or if they believe Child Protective Services needs to be involved.

Photo Credit: Allie Spillyards, NBC5]]>
<![CDATA[Half of Voters Prefer Democratic-Controlled Congress: Poll]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 09:31:52 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/atthepolls.jpg

Half of all registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, signaling a dangerous political environment for Republicans entering next year’s midterm elections.

Fifty percent of registered voters say they prefer a Democratic-controlled Congress, versus 39 percent who want Republicans in charge.

The last time Democrats both held a double-digit lead and hit 50 percent on this question in the NBC/WSJ poll was September 2008, right before the party won the White House and picked up a substantial number of House and Senate seats.

The NBC/WSJ poll was conducted Dec. 13-15 of 900 adults – nearly half reached by cell phone – and it has an overall margin of error of plus-minus 3.3 percentage points. The margin of error among the 736 registered voters is plus-minus 3.6 percentage points.

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<![CDATA[Cops Who Stopped Times Square Bombing Suspect Play Santa]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:10:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/THOMPSON+PORT+AUTHORITY+CHRISTMAS+TOY+GIVEAWAY+PKG+AND+RAW++-+12.jpg

Four police officers who are credited with stopping a suspected subway bomber in Times Square played a different kind of hero on Saturday -- by handing out Christmas presents to kids in Newark. 

It was the first public appearance of the officers -- Anthony Manfredini, Jack Collins, Sean Gallagher and Drew Preston -- since police say a 27-year-old  Bangladeshi immigrant tried to set off a bomb strapped to his body on Monday. 

The Port Authority police officers are credited with jumping on Akayed Ullah as he reached for his cellphone, potentially saving lives by preventing the rest of the bomb from detonating. 

On Saturday the officers joined others from the Port Authority and New Jersey State Troopers unions to hand out toys to 200 children who gathered at the National Action Network Newark Tech World School. 

"I think they're here to protect us," said Alquahim Diggs of Newark. "I think we're gonna have a good time (and) make sure nothing bad happens to us."  

Mother Candace John said the event meant her children would have a Christmas.

"I grew up poor and I don't want them to have the same life I had," John said. 

Organizers said the event was a special chance to do more than just spread Christmas cheer. 

"These kids in these communities need to know that police are their friends, troopers are your friends," Paul Nunziato, of the Port Authority PBA union, said. 

The officers didn't discuss the bombing at the request of federal prosecutors. 

<![CDATA[MSNBC's Matthews Reprimanded for Improper Comments in 1999]]> Sun, 17 Dec 2017 02:01:04 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/GettyImages-188142538.jpg

MSNBC host Chris Matthews was accused of inappropriate jokes and comments about a female employee in 1999 and the woman was paid separation compensation, a spokesperson for the cable network confirmed Saturday.

"In 1999 this matter was thoroughly reviewed and dealt with. At that time Matthews received a formal reprimand," the MSNBC spokesperson said in an email to NBC News Saturday.

The Daily Caller, citing two sources familiar with the situation, first reported the news of the payment which it said was made by Matthews to settle with what it said was an assistant producer on his show "Hardball with Chris Matthews" in 1999.

The MSNBC spokesperson said the woman complained to CNBC executives that Matthews made inappropriate jokes and comments about her in front of others, that the matter was reviewed and it was determined that the comments were inappropriate and in made in poor taste but were never meant as propositions. The show was on CNBC before it was on MSNBC.

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<![CDATA[Former Home of Cowboys Star Deion Sanders Up for Auction]]> Wed, 13 Dec 2017 18:43:03 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/180*120/deion-sanders-house-montclair-+%2848%29.JPG

Have you ever wondered what you could do with a mansion like the stars have? Come Thursday, someone gets to answer that question in Collin County.

The former Prosper home of NFL Hall of Famer and Dallas Cowboy Deion Sanders is up for auction. As impressive as the 29,000-square-foot mansion is from the outside, the property — known as "Chateau Montclair" — is astounding on the inside.

For the past month, leading up to Thursday's auction, the mansion has been open for potential buyers to take a look.

"I think they're in awe of the grandeur," said Jodi Fillmore, the project manager for Concierge Auctions, the New York City-based auction house, which deals in high-end properties around the world. "It's unconscionable to imagine occupying a space like this."

Chateau Montclair was built in Prosper in 1999. The mansion Sanders used to call home has nine bedrooms and 10-and-a-half bathrooms. A walk-in closet alone takes up 3,000 square feet. There is a 14-car garage, three swimming pools, a barber shop, a pair of bowling lanes and an indoor basketball court.

Interested buyers must submit offers for Thursday's auction. There is no reserve, but parties must put down a $100,000 deposit, refundable if they lose out.

Many of those in the market have toured the property, as have several people who are just plain curious.

"We have had a tremendous flow just for the sake of inquiry," Fillmore said. "I wonder what that house looks like."

The property has been on the market for a few years. The most recent list price was $14.5 million. Its current owner never even lived in the mansion.

That will soon change, once the highest bidder is announced and they get the keys to a place most people could only dream of.

"You could have as many people here as you could possibly want, with room to spare," Fillmore said. "As long as you've got the money."

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<![CDATA[Rain Returns to North Texas Tonight]]> Sat, 16 Dec 2017 19:12:25 -0600 https://media.nbcdfw.com/images/213*120/rain-sat-pm-1216171.jpg

A big weekend for shopping and holiday events, but you should be prepared to have the umbrellas or rain coats ready.

It won't be a wash out by any means, but we will see showers and maybe a thunderstorm or two in some areas.

Saturday will be dry for much of the day with clouds moving in before the rainmaker moves in. The best opportunity for rain will be after well after sunset into Saturday night.

The highest rain chances are Saturday night will be east and southeast of Dallas.

This won't be a drought buster, look for less than half an inch in most places, but to our south and east rain totals could be higher.

Rain moves out early Sunday morning, then we'll see warmer and sunny weather for a few days next week.

Our next good rain chance will be Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.

Be sure to tune in or set your DVR for 5 p.m. Saturday for our Turbulent Texas Weather special looking back at some of the active weather we had earlier this year.

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